Route familiarity breeds inattention: a driving simulator study.

@article{Yanko2013RouteFB,
  title={Route familiarity breeds inattention: a driving simulator study.},
  author={Matthew R. Yanko and Thomas M. Spalek},
  journal={Accident; analysis and prevention},
  year={2013},
  volume={57},
  pages={80-6}
}
Inattention is a major cause of traffic accidents. Here, we show that, contrary to common-sense expectation, familiarity with a route is itself a source of driving impairment. This effect may be attributed to increased mind-wandering along familiar routes. In the present work, participants followed a vehicle along a route with which they were either familiar or unfamiliar. During the experimental session, the lead-vehicle braked at random locations, forcing participants to brake to avoid a… CONTINUE READING
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